Close on the heels of Chandrayaan’s Moon water find, ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair has taken over as the President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris. He is the first Indian space expert to be elected to the post. Among all the 25 Indian space missions under his tenure, the most significant was the successful launch of India’s first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1.
Madhavan Nair was the Vice-President of scientific activities of the IAA for the last four years. He is the recipient of two of India’s biggest civilian honours Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
His election as President of IAA recognises India’s growing presence and expertise in space sciences and exploration. It also raises the bar for future ISRO missions.
IAA is an independent organisation of 1200 distinguished members from 85 countries elected by their peers for their outstanding contributions to astronautics and the exploration of space. It is the only international academy of elected members in the broad area of astronautics and space. IAA membership consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves in one of the fields of astronautics or one of the branches of science of fundamental importance for the exploration of space. The Academy has a strong scientific program this year with about 16 stand-alone conferences around the world.